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India Proposes to Mandate Standards for Several Categories of Food Contact Products

SafeGuardSHardgoodsMay 16, 2023

SG 60/23

India has informed the WTO of its intention to mandate the use of national standards for several categories of food contact products.  If approved, the new law will become effective six months after the date of publication in the Official Gazette

On May 5, 2023, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a draft order from the India Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade on its intention to mandate five standards for five categories of food contact product.

According to the draft order, goods are required to conform to the specified Indian Standards and bear the Standard Mark under a license from the Bureau as Scheme-I of Schedule II of the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations 2018.

Highlights of the draft Order are summarized in Table 1.

WTO Document No. 23-3189, May 5, 2023
Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
Draft Cookware and Utensils (Quality Control) Oder, 2023

ScopeIndian Standard1Proposed Effective Date
Cookware and UtensilsIS 14756:2022 ‘Stainless steel cookware’
  • Six months from the date of publication in the Official Gazette
  • 12 months from the date of publication for micro and small enterprises
IS 1660:2009 ‘Wrought aluminum utensils’
IS 13983:1994 ‘Stainless steel sinks for domestic purposes’
IS 9396 (Part 1):1987 ‘Round open top sanitary cans for foods and drinks – tinplate’
IS 14407:1996 ‘Aluminum cans for beverages’

1Latest version of Indian Standards, including amendments, as notified by the Bureau of Indian Standards from time to time, are to be applied

Table 1

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